It appears that Bryan Micon will have to find another way to fund his legal defense in Nevada. Micon revealed on Saturday that his GoFundMe campaign has been suspended by the company without explanation:
For reasons they will not disclose GoFundMe has stopped funding me. So if you feel like givi… http://t.co/N02KpwU4jl— Bryan Micon (@BryanMicon) May 16, 2015
Still Facing Felony Charges
Micon setup the account on April 28 following his indictment on a felony charge of operating an unlicensed interactive gaming system. He had been attempting to raise $100,000 through GoFundMe but had only received $3,945 in donations.
Account Doesn’t Indicate Suspension But Could be Coming
The page for Micon’s GoFundMe campaign is still live but the message given seems somewhat different from what is being communicated on Twitter. We attempted to initiate a small donation to see whether we would receive a notification of an account suspension but instead received the following message:
It is unknown what this “simple fix” is but it would seem to indicate that the account is not suspended. However, if the account is not suspended, it could happen in the near future thanks to Micon’s most recent update in the campaign where he requests that donors give him bitcoin instead.
On GoFundMe’s Safety page, they list the following under Donating Money:
“Beware of donation pages that attempt to bypass the prescribed donation method (ie, posting direct links to alternative payment methods). Only complete payments by clicking on the large ‘Donate’ button found on each GoFundMe donation page. Please report any pages that request direct payments or users who attempt to contact you to arrange an alternative method of payment.”
Micon Remains At-Large as SWCPoker Traffic Plummets
Following the raid of his home in February, Micon and his family moved to Antigua and he remains there having yet to answer the arrest warrant issued last month. He is facing up to 10 years in prison and a $50,000 fine for running Seals With Clubs without a license.
After moving to Antigua, Micon relaunched the site as SWCPoker and for a time the site enjoyed average daily cash game traffic of 32 players. In recent weeks, traffic at SWCPoker has plummeted to 18. The site ranks 57 out of 72 sites followed by PokerScout.com.
It is unknown whether the reduction in traffic is a result of recent legal issues or just simple attrition. With the recent shutdown of Lock Poker, some players may be realizing that playing on an unregulated site is not wise. Micon operated Seals With Clubs for over a year unregulated in Nevada and continues to run SWCPoker unregulated from Antigua.